Basking in the show's success

As the dust settles after the whirlwind of the first-ever Harlow Carr Flower Show, everyone has been happily basking in its success

Hosta and primulasWe have had so many positive comments  from visitors and exhibitors. One of the overarching comments was how the show didn’t swamp the gardens and that people could enjoy both in equal measure. The gardens of course – said with certain pride and small amounts of chest swelling – were looking their perfect best and June is such a good month to have a show here.

All the wonderful Meconopsis and Harlow Carr candelabra primulas were standing to attention and giving a full display in glorious technicolor. I do marvel at how the colours can seamlessly slide into each other without clashing or looking garish.

newly-planted bedsParts of the Streamside have now been now redeveloped and the plants along here are sumptuous and sit so well within the landscape; from the Asplenium and Blechnum ferns to the glaucous, coloured leaves of the sieboldii hostas, they all provide a kaleidoscope of greens as a backdrop for the rest of plants to be showcased.

From brass bands…

The nurseries at the show had been chosen carefully and they complemented the planting in the gardens, so for a lot of the queries we were able to point the visitors in the direction of the beds and show them the plants growing in situ.

On Saturday, the brass band epitomised all that is quintessentially English, as the music gracefully filled the air and gently serenaded visitors on the Streamside at the lower points of the garden.

Froggy-… to dangerous frogs

I can’t write this blog without mentioning our fantastic sculpture trail – entitled Reflections on the Landscape, which we have in place for the month of June and which runs along the length of the Streamside. All the sculptures have been chosen to be suitable for most garden spaces and have been handcrafted by various artists in a range of materials including willow, wood and stone.

My favourite is a huge frog, which we have positioned in the stream itself – well where else would he be? Getting him in position was not without headaches and he actually maimed two gardeners inadvertently by scraping their legs on the way down – there’s gratitude for you!

Anyway, they forgave him as he looks so magnificent in the water and has a certain mischievous gleam in his eye, like he’s just caught a passing insect.

There are 17 sculptures in all, so pick up a guide from the entrance if you’re passing and enjoy them for yourself.

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